Nightly News   |  July 28, 2013

Church community grieves after fatal bus crash

As an Indiana community grieves following a tragic bus crash that killed three and injured 26, investigators are trying to determine what caused the driver to lose control and hurdle into a roadside barrier. NBC’s John Yang reports.

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>>> and inside cam lot. video of john f. kennedy and his young family 50 years ago this weekend.

>>> good evening. the more we learn about yesterday's fatal bus crash in indianapolis, the more heart breaking it becomes. three people died and 26 others were injured on a bus returning from a church youth camp that went out control and flipped on its side. it happened at the i understand of a long journey just minutes before the group was to arrive home. tonight, while a community of faith grieves, investigator ares are trying to understand how it happened.

>> reporter: good evening, lester. right now the colonial hill baptist church is holding its regular evening worship service . tonight it's taking on special meaning . hundreds of worshippers arrived at church this morning. just blocks from the crash that killed this young couple.

>> he set an example of his faith for us to all be encouraged by. that god is good all the time.

>> reporter: their two-year-old son was yon board and is being cared for buy family. earlier on saturday he tweeted on the bus on the way home, pray for safety. also killed, 51-year-old tonya winedorf, a mother of five.

>> all of these folks were special to us as members here, as friends. our church grieves now.

>> reporter: they were among 37 teens and adults on a bus when it crashed near the end of a six-hour drive. police said the bus was coming off the exit ramp on interstate 465 when a driver lost control and hit a barrier and flipped over.

>> i stopgd and i see this bus in the air and people falling out of the bus. and i could have gone my whole life without seeing that.

>> it was going very fast. i have no idea how fast. the bus flew into my visit.

>> reporter: people, their luggage aj and were thrown from the video. it recalled a bus crash that killed a women's lacrosse coach. on saturday, the driver told police the brakes failed. the church owns the bus and said it was properly maintained and inspect inspected. tonight six teenagers still in the hospital. one in critical condition. all are expected to survive.